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Looking down on Village Bay on Hirta, St Kilda.
St Kilda © Hebridean Adventures

St Kilda Big Adventure Cruise

From £1590 per adult

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June — June

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The remote and beautiful islands of St Kilda are a true bucket list destination for many people. Now you can join us for a 6-night whale and wildlife cruise that includes a visit to this dual World Heritage site in the Hebrides.

This is a real adventure! Join our 6-night cruise from Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides, to the UK's most remote archipelago of islands - St Kilda, 40 miles out into the wild edge of the Atlantic. A dual UNESCO World Heritage site and nature reserve and home to the UK's largest puffin and gannet colonies.

Highlights
  • 2 nights anchored at St Kilda.
  • 1 full day ashore to explore the main island of Hirta.
  • See the UK's largest puffin colony and the world's largest gannet colony.
  • Sail through waters rich in whales and dolphins.
  • Also visit the Shiant Isles in the Minch.
  • A real bucket list trip!
Tour Details

There are a few select adventures around the UK that should appear in anyone's 'Top Ten' list of things to do and a visit St Kilda should be one of them!

Please join us on our fantastic 6-night adventure from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis as we cruise down along the coastline of Lewis and Harris and out into the Atlantic to this isolated group of islands steeped in history and home to a million seabirds.

We will spend two nights anchored at the famous site of Village Bay where the inhabitants of the main island of Hirta used to live until the last 36 were finally evacuated to the mainland in 1930, ending 4,000 years of civilisation on the islands. They found they just could not survive the harsh conditions any longer and so were relocated by the Government, a part of their history which has been well-documented in several books. You will have the chance to go ashore and properly explore the abandoned village and crofting buildings, now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

However the archipelago is not just famous for its heritage and history. St Kilda is home to its own species of wren, a super-sized field mouse twice the size of that found on the mainland, the largest colony of puffins in the UK, plus the world's largest gannet colony. In total, there are a million seabirds living around the islands, including on the highest sea cliffs in the UK, more than enough to keep any dedicated wildlife watcher busy!

On the way back to Stornoway, we will also have the chance to visit the lovely Shiant Isles located just off the coast of the Isle of Lewis too. A mini-version of St Kilda in many ways, and also home to many seabirds, including the second largest colony of puffins!

This truly will be a voyage to remember for a long time - we hope you will join us!


Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Stornoway at 1300 and transfer to Tarbert on Harris via our minibus, where we board the MV Monadhliath. Enjoy a welcome drink and a talk on the trip ahead then time to settle in before we head for our first night’s anchorage further south along the coast of Harris, travelling through cetacean and seabird rich waters. There will be a chance for a brief walk ashore before supper and prepare for an early start for St Kilda.

Day 2

If weather and sea conditions allow, and at the skipper’s discretion, we will be making our way to the St Kilda archipelago which will take most of the day but is well worth the effort. There will be growing anticipation to see first Boreray and Stac Armine before the main island of Hirta appears over the horizon. We will spend the first of two nights in Village Bay.

Day 3

We intend to have a full day ashore if weather allows to explore the island and the village and learn about the cultural history of this dual UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus, you have nearly a million seabirds to take in! Spend our second night at anchor in Village Bay.

Day 4

We head back to the Isle of Harris and aim for Taransay and the sheltered waters of the Sound of Harris, home to a varied array of bird and animal life; seals, red deer and otters along with both diver species and waders. We will hear the haunting calls of these birds as we anchor overnight.

Day 5

Today takes us eastwards through the Sound of Harris and back into the Sea of the Hebrides and a chance of more cetacean encounters with species such as minke whales and short-beaked common dolphins. We will anchor on the east side of Harris.

Day 6

Today we head for the Shiants and a chance to get closer than ever to its seabird inhabitants, plus more great chances of seeing feeding minke whales and possibly new species of dolphin, the Risso’s and white-beaked dolphins, along with the ubiquitous harbour porpoise. There is also a high chance of spotting both of Scotland’s eagle species, the glorious golden and the huge white-tailed (or sea) eagle. If the weather and conditions are good we hope to anchor at the Shiants overnight. If not its just a short hop over to the sheltered sea lochs of Lewis instead.

Day 7

Our final morning sees us say good bye to the Shiants with one last look around the islands by boat maybe. We will then start heading back up along the coastline of Lewis towards Stornoway through some great cetacean holding waters so we will be keeping our eyes open as always for minke whales, common dolphins, Risso's dolphins, sea eagle and more....


COVID-19 information

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Contact details

Hebridean Adventures
22 North Beach
Stornoway
Isle of Lewis
Scotland
HS1 2XQ
Starting
Stornoway
Length
7
Days
Transport
Boat
Type
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English French German
Themes
Adventure Island Hopping Landscapes Outdoor Activities Wildlife

COVID-19 facilities

  • Advance booking essential
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • Face masks available for visitors
  • Hand sanitiser available to visitors & staff
  • Outside seating
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for visitors

Tour prices

From

  • £1590 Per Adult

Attractions

Tour company information

Hebridean Adventures

Whale & wildlife watching + activity cruises around Scotland's Hebridean islands and the Highlands' west coast, with itineraries including Skye and St Kilda! Cruises range from two to six nights and are all-inclusive, with shore excursions. Certain cruises offer activities like sea kayaking, hiking, snorkelling and photography led by an expert. Our guides will point out the whales, dolphins, eagles, puffins and other sealife that call this area home while keeping a safe and respectful distance. Two raised observation decks give you great views! Departures from Mallaig, Stornoway and Ullapool.

Opening times

Our shop near Stornoway Harbour is often open when we are in port during the daytime from around 10-4. Otherwise please call or email our office.

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